Wake-Up Call: Mathis Will Be Part Of Workouts

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Evan Mathis is at the NovaCare Complex and will participate in the team’s voluntary workouts, according to multiple sources.

A report said Mathis was expected to be a “no-show” at the start of the Eagles’ offseason training program, which opens today, but he’s there.


Word surfaced at the owners meetings back in March that the 32-year-old was in search of a new contract and that the Eagles, in turn, were open to dealing him. Mathis signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract in the 2012 offseason. He has three years remaining on that deal, and is scheduled to make a base salary of $5 million this season.

"I think that's just the nature of what our league is like. In professional sports there is a short amount of time that guys have to play this game and they're trying to get what they can, and I certainly understand where they're coming from. And part of being the general manager, cap people, is fitting that all together," said Chip Kelly at the coaches breakfast in Orlando.

"Do I worry about Evan [being distracted]? No. Evan, you talk about go-to-work lunch pail mentality, that's Evan Mathis. I don't worry about Evan from that standpoint."

Mathis has started 47 of a possible 48 games since joining the Eagles in 2011. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the fist time in 2013 and was a first-team All-Pro.

The upcoming workouts are voluntary and the mandatory minicamp isn't until mid-June.

The first two weeks of the program are considered Phase One. Only trainers can be on the field with the players during this period, which is designated for strength and conditioning and rehab. Quarterbacks are permitted to throw to (uncovered) receivers  and classroom instruction is allowed.

Coaches are permitted on the field during Phase Two, which lasts three weeks. The final four weeks of the program are when the OTAs are held. (The schedule is here.)

Several players voiced their excitement about getting the '14 squad together.

It may be a soft launch, but we're underway.

WHAT YOU MISSED

"He’s been tremendous for me." Nick Foles on the release of DeSean Jackson. 

Add Odell Beckham to the growing list of high-profile receivers who have visited the NovaCare Complex.

In the latest installment of Draft Daily, Sheil examines Clemson wideout Martavis Bryant.

Kapadia looks at some second-round options for the Eagles.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Ron Jaworski is high on the idea of Kelvin Benjamin landing with the Eagles. From CSN Philly. 

“When DeSean left the Eagles I think it was the first thought in everyone’s mind -- it’s going to be [Brandin] Cooks out of Oregon State -- he’s going to be the guy,” Jaworski said. “But the guy who has impressed me the more I’ve studied is Benjamin out of Florida State. He reminds me a lot of a guy I threw to -- Harold Carmichael.”...

“He has great body control, which is what you look for in a wide receiver,” Jaworski said. “He’s savvy and he can settle into the voids. The more I watch him the more he’s grown on me. He can high-point the football -- he’s 6-foot-6 and he goes up and takes the football away.

Mike Florio looks back at the Donovan McNabb trade to Washington on Easter Sunday, 2010.

The [trade] resulted in the Eagles selecting safety Nate Allen in the second round of the 2010 draft.  He has appeared in 59 of 64 regular-season games, with 54 starts.

The fourth-round pick in 2011 was shipped to the Buccaneers in exchange for a pair of fourth-round picks, one in 2011 and one in 2012.  With the 2011 pick, the Eagles selected linebacker Casey Matthews.  The 2012 fourth-rounder was traded to the Texans for linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who has started every game during his two years with the team.  Matthews, who began his rookie season as a starter, was benched after three games but nevertheless has appeared in all 48 of his career regular-season games.

COMING UP

More draft coverage as the 2014 Eagles officially get to work.

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  • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

    Notice all those tweets are from guys on their rookie contact? ” RA-RA! GOOOOOOO TEAM! Was that good Howie? Can I get that new deal now? “

  • Will

    Mathsis is a key cog to the O-Line who is under contract. 5 million is nothing to sneeze at for a 32 year old O-Lineman. Must be serious about wanting a new deal hope it gets worked out.

  • cliff henny

    this one’s tough, as I almost always side with the players. Mathis was a bench nobody till the Eagles gave him a chance, and to his credit he grabbed job by the short-hairs. Mathis isn’t grossly underpaid at 5m, maybe 1m-1.5m (though no idea what EM is seeking he maybe thinking 3-4m), but do have to figure in time vale of contracts. plus, Mathis is not young, so he that working against him. Hate seeing Howie/FO playing hardball, but then again cant tuck tail and fold over every dispute, especially when guy is getting well paid and early in contract.

    • NickS1

      I’d have to think his issue is more about guaranteed money (since he’s out) than the number, although that certainly may still be a factor.

      • cliff henny

        not like he’s getting cut, so this year is all but guaranteed. plus, when Peters got injured, eagles picked up difference b/t insurance and salary. it’s not like Eagles current FO has a habit of f’g over players.

        • Andy124

          I don’t know man, Kelly really values versatility. Sure Mathis can block, but can he fight fires or play hockey? I think the writing is on the wall for Watkins’ return.

  • dislikedisqus

    Normally I sympathize with mgmt because a contract is a contract and –$5 mill!!! That’s 100x a middle class salary! And players get a lot more days off and perks. But the Shady window is only so big, maybe 2 years and the Team doesn’t need more distractions or roster holes.

    • Kev_H

      Shady cap hits are pretty high and they already have $$$$$ tied up in Kelce, Lane, & Peters. Love EM, but their priorities look sound here.

  • OldDocRoss

    Did Casey really only last three games as a starter? Felt longer. Excrutiatingly so.

    • Andy124

      Yeah, I thought he started in the middle for 3 games then got moved outside for another game or two. Maybe it was 2 in the middle, 1 outside?

      • OldDocRoss

        His main contribution seemed to be waving at or gently stroking opponents on their way to the end zone and I’ve generally tried to erase the whole thing from my memory so it’s tough to say.

        I still say “let’s start Casey at MLB as a rookie” was the single dumbest thing Reid ever did. Although there was that time we forgot to employ a punt returner.

        • Andy124

          I’d rank it as:
          1) Castillo to DC,
          2a) Casey as day 1 starter,
          2b) Lots of other stuff that I don’t even want to rehash.

          • OldDocRoss

            The only mitigating factor in the Castillo thing is I don’t think that was plan A, just a hastily cobbled together fallback.

            Operation Casey Matthews: Starting Linebacker was enacted with malice and forethought.

          • http://themoranimal.wordpress.com WilmingtonDan

            I would say that hiring Washburn as defensive line coach before hiring a DC ranks far ahead of Castillo as DC. Castillo(or Bowles) never had a chance with that Wide 9 garbage already in place.

          • Andy124

            In my head, I rolled that whole fiasco in to one bullet point.

          • myeaglescantwin

            i believe it was more the personnel Andy drafted than the schemes they tried to implement.

            a wide 9 needs two NT size players in the middle.
            our DT’s were steady 6′ 295lbs. I just wish Andy looked for players that were 6’6 with a high motor. worked for the Giants.

          • Warhound

            Remember Macho?

          • Andy124

            Macho Harris, slow CB out of VT that they thought (and convinced me) could be a good safety? Nope, don’t remember that at all. At least not the part where I totally bought it. Didn’t happen. Honest. *hangs head in shame*

          • Warhound

            LOL

        • Maggie

          “gently stroking”. ROFL!

    • Septhinox

      He has 4 total starts. 3 at MLB in 2011, 1 at SAM in 212.

      • myeaglescantwin

        4 too many.

        I wish Clay would share his PED’s..
        so selfish.

    • JofreyRice

      I still remember the fluffers saying that he just needed to get some experience. Ugh.

      • OldDocRoss

        Experience, talent. Tomato, tomato (say the second one different).

    • myeaglescantwin

      i remember brandon Jacobs running at him, then by him, wide open to a 40yd TD catch.
      as was at the game watching him specifically…

      i remember thinking, “you’re just gonna let him run like that? ok now he’s wide open. oh, sweet. a td to the slowest RB since Klecko.”

    • Amar (India)

      I would’ve bet he started all of his rookie year.

  • Andy124

    Can’t believe they didn’t include Kinne’s tweet about being back in Philly…

    Concerning Mathis, not concerning… yet. If Sconces can miss for sconces, Mathis can miss for Mathis.

    As a great man once said,

    The upcoming workouts are voluntary and the mandatory minicamp isn’t until mid-June; we’re not in crisis mode yet, in other words. Still, many find value in this portion of the offseason [including the head coach, no doubt] and the situation is worth monitoring.

  • Scott J

    We can’t catch a break this year. At the end of the season it looked like our most pressing needs were OLB, Safety, and Corner. Now we need a Wide Receiver and probably a Guard. We won’t get much of a draft pick for Mathis, certainly less than what he’s worth to our O-line.

    • cliff henny

      why it’s so hard to stay atop league for more than 2 or3 years. SF’s window has to be closing, and as big and awesome as Seattle’s looks, some point everyone is going to want paid. guess if FO is going to make a mistake on player, playing hardball with32 yr old guard is probably one I can live with.

    • JosephR2225

      For what it’s worth, at the end of the season the Eagles needed a guard and a WR anyway. Mathis and Herremans are both over 30, and at the end of last season the Eagles didn’t have Maclin or Cooper under contract going forward.

      • Scott J

        True, but guard wasn’t a priority. All of our starters on the O-line were coming back this year, now we may not have one. As far as receivers, that too wasn’t a big deal until Jackson was released. We were going to re-sign either Maclin or Cooper, so having Jackson and either Cooper or Maclin is a pretty good duo. We just needed to replace Avant. Now we have Cooper and Maclin as starters. And the problem is we aren’t sure how well Maclin will play coming off his injury.

        • janvanflac

          Mathis isn’t going anywhere this year. Probably not next year either.

    • oreofestar

      our guard situation has not changed we stil needed a guard because our startersare old but Herry and Evan or here for now and will start this year, wr we lost Jax but retained Coop and Mac so yeah that needs to be addressed but mos of us did not think Coop and Mac were coming back

    • Weapon Y

      This is what happens when the Eagles get greedy and be cheap to their players. They’re going to eventually lose all of their veteran stars if they keep acting like this.

      • oreofestar

        Mathis is compensated fairly when he signed that deal you can argue he was overpaid the guy had not ever been to a pro bowl and now after a good season the oldest starting guard in the NFL is going to hold out for a new deal lol he has zero leverage

      • JettMartinez

        Greedy and cheap isn’t the same thing as managing their cap space so they can resign the young stars whose contracts are up next year.

      • Explorer51

        Losing their veterans like Peters and Kelce? Mathis re-signed with the Eagles only two years ago; he tried free agency and decided the Eagles was the best team for him. The contract was considered a fair one by both player and team, particularly since he was almost an afterthought when he was originally picked up off the street in 2011. He’s developed into a very nice player, due to his hard work and, by his own admission, excellent coaching.

        Your knee-jerk reaction that the Eagles are “cheap” is not supported by the facts; in fact, at this point their 2015 cap will be one of the highest in the NFL. One of the smarter capologist commenters on this site would know the exact figures.

        • Kev_H

          2015 cap hit for current guys at current contracts is over $133 million.

      • myeaglescantwin

        ? they went out of their way to lock up their veteran offensive line.

        then one player, a journey man until now, wants to complain about a deal he signed less than two years ago. That’s not on the FO.

        but if they let him walk for chump change,, that will be highly questionable.

    • Eagles1018

      Don’t forget kicker!!! I wanna change my name to “We need a good kicker”

      • Amar (India)

        2 simple requirements – Make a FG beyond 40 yds and kick into the endzone in a goddamn dome.

  • Adam G

    Unless he wants to retire he doesn’t have much choice. We know he is in shape, so its not a big deal.

  • Ark87

    Doesn’t Mathis always skip the voluntary workouts? He does all his off-season lifting at his gym right?

    • Marilyn Monbroe

      Guy is a workout freak.

    • George

      he’s here

      • Ark87

        the whole thing kind of felt like a non-story. Pretty sure he stayed home last year, had a good thing going with his team at the gym he owns.

        But him actually showing up anyway, dismisses the whole thing

        • Andy124

          He didn’t stay in Philly throughout the offseason as some do, but I’m pretty confident he was here during voluntary mini-camps. We made quite the fuss over Sconces skipping one, Mathis missing wouldn’t have gone unremarked.

  • Rahkem

    MAthis has no leverage , if he doesnt show up to play hes cooked , his contract is pretty much through the rest of his NFL prime. Eagles should say we’re not payihg , and thats that , either he retires or he plays for us

    • Maggie

      Yup. Just what you need protecting your quarterback, a resentful, pouting lineman. Who could just ever so subtly miss a block or two here and there, nothing obvious, but could harm the team a waaay more than some pouting wideout. Mathis has not been that way, as far as we know, so I’m sure the FO is not going to chastise him like a child.

  • Andy

    Is the site loading painfully slowly for anyone else or is it just me? Been happening for the last week or so. Terribly slow.

    • borntosuffer

      About the same time GEAGLE stopped posting?

      • Andy

        YES!

  • JofreyRice

    not surprising that Jaworski really likes Benjamin, he and Cosell things eye-to-eye, generally.

  • JosephR2225

    Tim McManus ‏@Tim_McManus 10m
    Evan Mathis is at NovaCare, will participate in voluntary workouts, per sources.

  • Eagles1018

    “Ron Jaworski is high on the idea of Kelvin Benjamin landing with the Eagles.”

    I may want some of what he’s “high” on….

  • myeaglescantwin

    dangerous game they are playing with Mathis

    After removing your biggest threat in the passing game, the running game needs to be the bread and butter of the attack. There is no rookie that will have the impact in 2014 that Mathis will bring to this team. The continuity created by last seasons success is pretty damn important to keep in tact.

    There’s something to be said about honoring a contract, but I feel that Mathis has earned his say in a re-structuring at least. This guy was a day 1 leader and has unquestionable work ethic. The eagles have enough cap to put together a deal that keeps Mathis content but also addresses the fact that he his 34.
    possibly a two year deal with some guarantees.

    • Eagles1018

      I agree yet I look at a comment someone else mentioned earlier about not jumping at every player demand that is sent up to FO. You have 53 guys asking for more all year.

      • myeaglescantwin

        100% with you there.

        I’d even say the Eagles could work that to their advantage too. Especially given the events of this offseason.

        They have two examples of how they deal with contract issues.
        A) you can be a bad attitude pre-madonna and get cut in a flash
        B) you can make you case known, still put the team #1 and get rewarded for your professionalism.

        Now that would only work if they make a contract move to keep him here. otherwise the message is.

        “contract issue?, YOU’RE GONE

        • Warhound

          Not a big deal, but, it’s “prima donna”.

        • Eagles1018

          Let’s hope the professionalism wins out over everything

  • jabostick

    Alright, I’ve been MIA for the past several days. Apparently I missed some message board drama! Someone give me the short and sweet of it all.

    And welcome back football (sort of).

    • G_WallyHunter

      Geagles gone :(

      • myeaglescantwin

        what happened with that?

        • Andy124

          If there was a big blow up I missed it and I haven’t seen anybody else mention it. I’m guessing it was the old accumulation effect.

          • Warhound

            He made it personal, this is business, but he made it personal.

          • Andy124

            Somebody must have flagged the crap out of him.

            I know it was you Warhound. You broke my heart. When you see our mother, I want to know a day in advance so I won’t be there.

          • G_WallyHunter

            He threw a few jabs at T+S… Calling them “high” for some content, “jokes” may have been one too, maybe they saw it as last straw, either way I miss him :’(

          • #1GeagleFan

            oh no….GEAGLE come back!…..please don’t make me change my screen name

          • #1GeagleFan

            dude is good at personnel…. last year around draft time he said qb is gonna be foles- he said chip came because he knew what foles is: he pegged it…. he said cb’s williams and fletch are gonna be solid for two three years for chip: (probably) pegged it….dude pegged several other things- but calling foles before training camp, then watching vick have some good luck, only to see him be 100% right….. ssshhhhheeeeezzzz thats some good stuff…. he’s a real asset to us loyal readers here…. what am i gonna change my screen name to? #1 joffrey rice fan?

    • Ark87

      Same here. It’s being alluded to, but no specifics.

    • borntosuffer

      One day last week I saw a bunch of “comment removed” spots that appeared to be GEAGLE. Haven’t seen hide nor hair of him on 24/7 since. Although, I wasn’t reading through all the comments. I saw him comment on Kempski’s article on KB this morning over on Philly.com. Asked him why no more 24/7 but no response yet.

  • Explorer51

    When I googled Evan Mathis contract, I got several links that Miami was potentially interested in trading for him. Did I miss something in the local reporting on this? If these rumors have any weight to them, wouldn’t it have made sense that he was part of the Dion Jordan discussion? Again, was there anything written here?

  • southy

    Whoa. Tim and Sheil with the ninja edit.

  • Ark87

    Anyone else find it awesome that they all keep pillows in their locker? Wonder if it’s just for travel or if they have sports science-mandated nap time.

    • Warhound

      I read somewhere that many world-class athletes share the trait of being able to nap effectively. They can go to sleep easily, even in a loud environment, and get something out of any bit of sleep.